Big Bear, CA

Big Bear Valley bills itself as Southern California's only four season vacation area, and it's true! Two hours from Los Angeles, three hours from San Diego, and four hours from Las Vegas, it's close enough for both a quick weekday/weekend getaway, or stay for a week and begin to truly appreciate the mountain and lake.

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Nestled at ~7,200 ft in the San Bernardino National Forest, Big Bear Valley encompasses the City of Big Bear Lake, and the unincorporated areas of Big Bear City, Fawnskin, Sugarloaf, Holcomb Valley, Erwin Lake, Baldwin Lake, Bluff Lake, and Lake Williams.

Big Bear has four distinct seasons, yet averages 310 sunny days per year. Summer (June, July, August) daytime temperatures are high 70's to low 80's, and nighttime temps are in the low 50's. Fall gets cooler, 60's daytime, 30's nighttime, and winter is 40's and 20's, and spring starts warming up again.

Big Bear Lake is fresh water, and seven miles long, one mile wide, 72 ft deep, with 22 miles of shoreline. The lake is fully stocked with trout, crayfish, carp, etc., and has multiple fishing tournaments throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

Spring brings warmer temperatures which means baby animals (Big Bear Eagle Cam), including bear cubs, are frequently seen running around. It also means the opening of the lake for the season!

Summer is the second "peak" season for Big Bear. Besides all the activities the lake offers, camping, hiking, golf, and mountain biking are great ways to enjoy summer in the mountains.

Winter in Big Bear is a magical experience. The Village gets all decked out, the trees are covered in snow, the lake shimmers, and the crisp mountain air is exhilarating. Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are the two local ski resorts. But there are many things for the non-skiier/snowboarder to do: tubing, snowshoeing, shows at The Cave, and more!

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